Events Planned in Fairdale for One Year Anniversary of Fatal Tornado

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Saturday marks the one year anniversary since the fatal tornado that tore through Fairdale and Rochelle.

Several events are planned in Fairdale remembering that devastating day, they include:

  • A private brunch for residents and first responders is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Kirkland Fire Barn.
  • A public groundbreaking ceremony for a new Habitat for Humanity location from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.; officials will announce where the facility will be located during the event.
  • From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the public is invited to a park district dedication of a memorial bench and plaque at Fairdale Park.
  • Finally, from 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., a series of dignitaries will speak, followed by a open microphone for the public.


Some of the dignitaries scheduled to speak include:

  • Sheriff Roger Scott, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department
  • Sen. Dave Syverson, Illinois 35th District
  • Mayor Les Bellah, Kirkland
  • Gov. Bruce Rauner, (R) Illinois


Following comments from dignitaries there will be a distribution of gifts and kites to the public, followed by a kite-flying ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Other special activities will also be held throughout the day.

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